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West Ham United Face Stiff Competition For This Chelsea Midfielder: Good Option For Moyes?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Football.London stated that West Ham United are facing stiff competition for Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher this summer. It has been claimed that the Hammers will have to rival Tottenham Hotspur in the race to land the English playmaker during this transfer window.

Gallagher’s Difficult Season In The English Capital

Gallagher had a tough campaign at Chelsea after he struggled to find consistency with his performances on the field. The 23-year-old featured in 45 matches for the Blues last season, scoring just three goals and earning one assist in various competitions.

The English sensation has caught the eye at times for the Blues by averaging 1.3 tackles, 0.8 shots, 0.6 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He has also been tidy when distributing the ball from midfield after making 84.5% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

Gallagher is under contract at Chelsea until the summer of 2025. Therefore, it will be far from easy for West Ham to land him on the cheap in this off-season.

Conor Gallagher
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 25: Conor Gallagher during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on May 25, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Is Gallagher A Good Option For West Ham United Boss David Moyes?

Gallagher usually works hard for his team at both ends of the field. He loves a tackle and can shoot the ball with power from long range. The English talent can even engineer a few decent chances for his teammates in the final third and is a decent dribbler with the ball as well. He is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can also function as a defensive midfielder or play in the number ten position if required.

We can expect Gallagher to add more energy and dynamism to West Ham head coach David Moyes‘ midfield. He might even go on to form a solid midfield partnership with Tomas Soucek and Lucas Paqueta at the East London club in the coming seasons.

At 23, Gallagher has his best years ahead of him as long as he continues to get better with each season. Therefore, he will be an excellent option for the Hammers to consider during this summer transfer period. Gallagher already knows the Premier League well by now and won’t take much time settling into life at the London Stadium if Moyes can devise a way to get a deal done for him later this year.

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